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, the victims were not seriously hurt. >>> a massive tent city in san jose filled with homeless people has been getting bigger and bigger. and now that city is gearing up to clear everybody out. the makeshift encampment is located on spring street between taylor and heading streets. the city says it's now grown to have at least 100 people living there. nbc bay area's arturo santiago is live there this morning. arturo, you had the chance to talk to some of these people. what's the plan for where they'll be heading after the encampment? >> reporter: a lot of them just plain don't know, jon. the number of homeless who are currently living in this field off of spring street, the number only keeps growing in the last few weeks. so much so that the city's decided to take deliberate action to move out the encampment. dozens of tents are scattered throughout the field. the population of the tent city has grown to more than so100. the goal is to have this tent city gone by the end of the first week in march. the city's nonprofit organizations have been reaching out to the homeless camping in the area, o
, it certainly doesn't make sense when a championship trashed the city. but that's what happens. victory in san francisco has been plagued by violence. the last time they won the super bowl in 1995, there were close to 200 arrests in the city after the game. and after the world series celebration, fires, vandalism, you name it. so what's going to happen this sunday? nbc is live in san francisco where one sports fan knows just how quickly a celebration can turn ugly. >> that's right, jessica. 49ers fans are excited about the big game. some are right here at city hall takes pictures of the building awash in red and gold. but there is concern about celebrations getting out of hand. no one wants a repeat of world series victory violence. >> reporter: 49ers fans are ready. >> it's going to be amazing. >> reporter: lifelong 49ers fan is hoping for a big win. but plans to avoid post-game street celebrations. >> when it gets later at night and people have been drinking, win or lose, it's going to be something to keep an eye on. >> reporter: timiney knows it can get ugly fast. smashing windows and ligh
. >>> search crews have found a body in the rubble of a kansas city restaurant that was destroyed by an explosion and fire last night. the body has not been identified, but one employee at that restaurant is still missing. the massive fire was triggered by a natural gas explosion yesterday evening near an upscale shopping area not far from downtown kansas city. as of now, officials say 16 people were hurt. three of them seriously. the exact cause of the plablast under investigation. but witnesses reported smelling natural gas hours before that explosion. >>> a disturbing story out of southern california. a body found wedged in the water tank on the roof of a downtown l.a. hotel has been identified as that of a missing canadian woman. her body was found yesterday after guests complained of low water pressure. police are still investigating how her body ended up in that water tank. >>> pleasant hill police this morning releasing new sketches of two suspects wanted for a home invasion robbery. investigators say the pair targeted a home back on february 7th on wendy drive just off int
mike seidel. he's in kansas city, where this storm, by the way, is hitting two days after that huge explosion and fire in the downtown area. but it's just one of the cities in the path. mike, good evening. >> and good evening, brian. so far this storm has been responsible for five deaths here in kansas city. a wall of white rolled through this morning, dumping snow, as much as 3 inches an hour, shutting down the airport and causing a state of emergency. that scene was repeated across many cities and areas of the midwest. armed with snowplows and shovels, the midwest today tried its best to fight back against a wicked winter storm that brought strong winds. near whiteout conditions. even thundersnow. as the deadly system that brought record snow to arizona, oklahoma and texas swept into the great plains today, schools and businesses were closed, and transportation in several states nearly ground to a halt. in kansas, authorities closed dozens of roads and highways, including a 90-mile stretch of interstate 70. parts of the state were buried under more than 14 inches of snow today. it
the 11th story of city heights, a condo complex located at st. james and san pedro street overnight. investigators are not releasing any other information about what led to that fall. >>> a major break in the case that has shaken a local city. police say they made an arrest in the death of a 13-year-old girl. her body was found in a park in fairfield last friday. tonight a 32-year-old man is behind bars. nbc bay area's monte francis joins us with the latest. >> reporter: raj, good evening. fairfield police and the fbi spent part of the day after suspect's house and at his work place which is reportedly a barbershop on oliver road. what is the connection, if any, between the suspect and the 13-year-old victim? officers arrested 32 ye-year-ol anthony lamar jones of fairfield as he was walking along the 1100 block of east tabor avenue in fairfield at about 7:00 this morning. police say he had been under 24-hour surveillance since early on in the investigation. >> we have evidence linking jones to this homicide, and we believe at this time he acted alone and there are no other suspects'
wrapped up here at pier 48 with ed lee announcing that this city's oldest manufacturer, the anchor brewing company, will be building a new brewery, restaurant and museum at this location, making them the first tena tenant. anchor brewing tells us they've outgrown their current location, which they'll still keep, but by adding pier 48, they'll quadruple their production of beer, bringing 200 new jobs to the city while at the same time, creating a new experience for fans of their brew, which has been in sf for 117 years now. >> we see this as being a bustling center in san francisco. there will be so much going on here. we'll have people wandering around here, going on tours. it will be a destination for locals and tourists alike, so we're very excited about the potential we have for exposing anchor to the world. >> so, what we see is increasingly the front door of the ballpark. people coming from the south bay into our ballpark and they have this great brew pub and manufacturing facility and then the rest of mission rock is a public park, kind of like a chrissy field for this side of town t
championship. boohoo. the parade started at city hall and made its way to their stadium, where the players shared the trophy with the fans. >> fistill a great season. the super bowl set all kinds of records and not just down in new orleans. sports fans bidding a $98.9 million in nevada casinos for sunday's ball game. most of those bets coming from gamblers banking on the niners. twitter says there was a record number of super bowl posts as well. more than 24 million compared to the almost 14 million that happened last year. they're also near record ratings with 111 million watching. that was set in 2010 and 2011. >>> new this morning, pittsburgh police have arrested a man they say is responsible for a hit and run that injured a woman and two children. we have more with who that man is and the charges he's facing. >> good morning to you. neighbors tell us they're certain ly upset by this. among the people hit, two small children, but they also tell us they're not totally surprised that it happened at all. even where these people were crossing, they say that drivers often just don't slow dow
so much. >> afscme could not reach a agreement with the city last time around so the city imposed a contract that included a pay cut. kelley had to give up a horse she had for 13 years and the supervisor lost her home. >> i work hard, i got my job, i saved for my house and i feel like it was tornway from me because of the budget cuts. you take 12% of my pay, for a single person. i cannot make my anymore. >> look at the difference in response times. four years ago, 95% of calls were answered in ten seconds. by the second quarter of this fiscal year, only 90% of calls were answered within the ten seconds. people calming 911 with emergencies waited 4.5 seconds ned of 2.5, and people calling 311 with nonemergencies waited nearly minute. the dispatchers say the job is getting harder and not because of the calls we take. >> and the not knowing, how much more are they going to take. how much more can you alter your life, there's a point you lose everything. >> now the city of san jose may end the year with a projected surplus of $10 million. even with that, mayor reed said that the city
they were deeply affected by the mass shooting in newtown, connecticut. they will collect the guns at city hall in east palo alto from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. >>> dozens of people gathered in downtown palo alto to demand change. they held a vigil to show support for gun control. it was organized by the grass roots group organize for action. the message is protect kids, not guns. >> rallies are an opportunity for people to get together and for us to work together and push our politicians for change. >> love the turnover. people have their arms wrapped around this issue. >> this part of the national day of action to end gun violence. organizers are calling on congress to expand background checks. >>> it could be a game changer. a new weapon in the fight against breast cancer that was developed here in the bay area. oncologists are calling it a smart bomb. the drug is called kedsalia. 23 patients at kaiser hospitals will receive the drugs. oncologists say it delivers the benefit of chemo within the cancer cells so most patients can avoid side effects. >>> the fight to honor the bay area's his
in and it is a big production. a gun store goes in and we have no say in the matter. >> reporter: city leaders stay owners secured all permits and licenses and unlike massage parlors, they do not require a public hearing for firearm sales. >> there is no prohibition in the town code. >> reporter: but firearms laws may change in los gatos. the town manager is recommending changes including updating zoning laws to control where gun stores operate. requiring conditional use permits and requiring i.d. checks for ammunition sales. while town leaders debate the laws, andrea is hoping templar sports will leave. >> i would hope the gun store would move. >> reporter: supporters say the call to close the doors is unlawful. >> they've completed all the permits. they've gone through the paperwork that's required. i hate to see the sort of, i want to say bigotry pointed at them. >> reporter: three people tone store including a los gatos police officer. the managing partner assured the residents that he is operating within the law and promoting safety. >> we explained the laws to them. showed them how to properl
cookies, cakes and hot dogs named after the quarterback. to top it off, the city's mayor proclaimed this weekend colin kaepernick and the 49ers weekend. >>> stay with nbc bay area for complete super bowl coverage on air and online, including wall to wall coverage following the game. we have a team of reporters on the ground in new orleans, they'll have reactions from players, coaches and fans. >>> new information tonight in the death of a girl in fairfield. police released the girl's age today. she was 13 years old. investigators said she had been living with a foster family. the girl's body was found naked in a park in fair field yesterday morning. she was last seen leaving school thursday and had been reported missing from her foster family that night. police determined a cause of death but at this point are not releasing that information or her identity. >>> an oakland event turned deadly when an argument ended in gunfire. the shooting happened just before 11:00 near 20th and telegraph avenue. two groups of people who were downtown for the monthly art walk got into a confrontatio
. nbc's gabe gutierrez is in midland city, alabama, with that story. gabe, good evening. >> reporter: lester, so far this standoff has lasted more than 97 hours and there's no end in sight. just up the road behind me police say the suspect has a heater, blankets, and plenty of supplies in that bunker. the delicate and tense standoff has police here in southeastern alabama on edge. s.w.a.t. teams and hostage negotiators focused on an underground bunker, where police say jimmy lee dykes has held a 5-year-old boy for more than four days. >> i want to thank him for taking care of our child. >> reporter: police are choosing words carefully as they talk with him through a ventilation pipe attached to the bunker. they would not say whether he's making any demands. dykes is a vietnam era veteran described by neighbors as a survivalist who doesn't trust the government. >> what the negotiators are trying to do is to build this psychological umbilical cord between themselves and mr. dykes to the point where he finally feels, okay. i am safe to come out. >> reporter: the standoff began tuesday a
. nbc's gabe gutierrez is with us tonight from midland city, alabama. gabe, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. today ethan's mother broke her silence. in a written statement she said, i woke up this morning to the most beautiful sight, my sweet boy. i can't describe how incredible it is to hold him again. at the hospital today, there were no signs of the ordeal young ethan, seen here in earlier photos, has been through. >> he was running around the hospital room, putting sticky notes on everyone that was in there, eating a turkey sandwich, and watching spongebob. >> reporter: at the site of the standoff, federal bomb technicians are searching for possible explosives. as details emerge, we're learning the fbi operation to free ethan was calculated, meticulous, and daring. >> i thought that the fbi action yesterday was exemplary, and as i think more details are shared, you will understand why i use the word exemplary. >> reporter: we now know that five days into the standoff, while 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes held ethan hostage underground, police say their daily negotiatio
. but tonight, no sign of the suspect. that massive manhunt up in the mountains and here in the city does continue. and brian, take a look at the officers here at lapd. motorcycle officers are being told to ride in squad cars for their protection. brian? >> miguel almaguer, thanks. >>> now, back east to washington. preparations under way for a potentially history-making snowstorm. along the eastern seaboard up to new england, it's happening the way the worst of them happen. two storms coming together, joining forces, blizzard warnings are posted across a wide area. 50 million americans in the path of this one before it's all over. we have two reports tonight, ron mott in waltham, mass, meteorologist jim cantore in boston. ron, first to you. good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. there was a big rush on this store earlier today. they're expecting more people tonight and in the morning as they head in to pick up things like shovels, batteries, flashlights, gas cans, ahead of what could be a top-ten winter storm of all-time. as the storm barrels eastward today, it dumped a lo
of the city address. last year he talked about his vision for san jose which included building up many services that had been shortchanged for years. the police overtime numbers we just heard about might suggest that mayor reed failed. is that true? sam brock dusts off last year's state of the city address to see if the mayor kept his props to the people of san jose? >> raj, one thing is undeniably true. it's been a tough last few years for the city of san jose. shrinking budgets, layoffs, pension reform. but mayor reed said last year those measures would pave the way for restoring services. now, what did we find in the mayor largely delivered on his promise, but funding it still shrank for the city's most critical services. >> is san jose finally on the rise after years of crippling cuts to core government functions? in his 2012 state of the city address, the mayor offered sympathy over some tough medicine in recent years, like cuts to the police and fire departments and pension reforms but then told the audience the physical pain would be rewarded. >> thanks to the city council willi
salt lake city, where the mormon church sponsors 99% of local scout troops. parents there, scouting leaders say, overwhelmingly oppose a change. >> and we want to best reflect the feelings of the institutions here locally that sponsor scouting and we need time to put that together. >> reporter: now both sides are hoping that time is on their side. pete williams, nbc news, washington. >>> and we turn now to weather in the news. a lot of folks on the east coast, especially in new england, are all riled up for the potential arrival of a big snow-making weather system. weather channel meteorologist jim cantore is with us tonight. jim, what's on the way? >> yeah, hey, brian. this on the 35th anniversary of the famous blizzard of '78 which pretty much shut down boston. right now boston under a blizzard watch. i expect others to follow. portland, southern new hampshire, even parts of connecticut i think as confidence grows in the forecast. in play thursday, chicago and atlanta. we will have issues there, obviously, at the airports. by 5:30 friday morning, this model says, hey, it will be s
in the middle of a large city, a reminder they say that even smaller objects threatening earth should be a wake-up call. >> we knew factually we lived in a celestial falling rock zone, but friday taught us, reminded us that we live in a shooting gallery, in fact, we got into a crossfire. >> reporter: the power of the universe on display here on earth. michelle franzen, nbc news, new york. >>> with sadness and curiosity, people in south africa turned to their televisions tonight to watch the young woman who was shot to death allegedly at the hands of famed olympic runner oscar pistorius. two days after the killing, the pistorius family had more to say about that shooting. nbc's michelle kosinski is in south africa again for us tonight. >> reporter: hi, lester. oscar pistorius' family today strongly refuted that this was murder, and tonight here a production company decided to air the first segment of a television show his girlfriend had starred in and was excited about. >> you fall in love with being in love with love. just one love everywhere. >> reporter: this is a first look at model reeva st
were doing business every day all day at this county office? on most city streets, you park, you pay. unless you have one of these. and on fourth and fifth between broadway and washington in oakland, it seems like almost everyone does. i've noticed a lot of placards. there is never any street parking. >> a lot of people do on this street here. >> reporter: so we set up watch after getting a tip from a viewer who became suspicious when he noticed the plethora of placards here. the county health services, the coroner, the sheriff's office and right across from oakland pd. do you work over here? you do? >> reporter: we observed people with placards running from their cars, carrying boxes, even balancing on high heels. and while you can't always spot the disability just by looking at someone, we could see why this spot stood out. how often are your patients asking you for one of these placards? >> i get a request at least once a week. >> reporter: cardiologist walter savidge says he signs just one or two requests a year because he wants his patients to exercise, and because -- >> there i
. >>> the great american city of kansas city was rocked to its core last night. a huge explosion at a popular restaurant, well-known locally and to business travelers. one person has been found dead. the search for more possible victims goes on. and there's a big early indicator as to the cause. nbc's john yang with us tonight from the scene. john, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. this evening we're learning new details. the gas company says that 45 minutes before the explosion tore that restaurant apart, they tried to get people to leave. the blast was so strong, it rocked buildings blocks away. >> boom! everything just exploded. it was just the scariest thing i ever witnessed. >> reporter: the fire was so big, it engulfed a city block, raging out of control for about two hours. >> the flames were even taller than the building next to it. >> reporter: more than 100 firefighters battled the blaze at its height of four-alarm fire. authorities said 15 people were taken to area hospitals, at least one of them in critical condition. once the fire was out, firefighters combed the de
, nearly 7 in wichita and 11 inches of snow in kansas city. at least three deaths have been blamed on the storm, two from traffic accidents. but roof collapses also pose a danger. heavy, wet snow brought down this roof on a horse arena in shawnee, kansas. fortunately, no people or horses were injured. in amarillo, texas, truckers don't know when it will be safe to get back on the roads. >> i'm feeling a lot of frustration. i've got a high-dollar load that has to go out. >> reporter: kansas city is still recovering from last week's storm. and with even snow plows stuck, there may be a lot more scenes like this pickup truck towing a kansas city bus to safety. as the storm moves north, detroit struggles to keep 2,000 miles of road clear, while officials in nearby macomb county are worried about keeping the power on. >> with this wet snow, it concerns us, so we are concentrating in some of those questionable trees that might fall across the roadway. >> reporter: at chicago's o'hare airport, as the snow piles up, so do the cancellations. hundreds of flights canceled already, and the sno
privately the santa cruz police department, too, closed its doors and put the city in the hands of the sheriff's department and the chp. >> it's wonderful that they reach out to each other and we -- >> reporter: the support of their community. >> and we love them and that we honor their -- the loved ones that died and that we are there for them in spirit and in prayer. >> reporter: now, again, that vigil continues at the loudoun nelson community center through 8:00 if you want to show up. we'll show you details of that at 11:00. we also know that there are other events, services, vigils, planned for later on in the week and, of course, we'll let you know about those as well. in santa cruz, kris sanchez, nbc bay area news. >>> okay, we will see you at 11:00. we invite to you stay with us here for our continuing coverage of this story both on air and on 0line. just go to our website, nbcbayarea.com to find the latest updates as well as raw video from today's press briefing. that's nbcbayarea.com. >>> new tonight at 6:00, the families of two east bay cyclists feared kidnapped in pe
in police custody. and then, of course, there's the city of chicago. more people killed there last year than american troops killed in afghanistan. more than 40 gun murders so far just this year, and today they announced a new strategy. nbc's kevin tibbles starts us off from there tonight. good evening. >> brian, 2013 is barely a month old and already 42 murders in the city of chicago. the latest has galvanized this city into taking action. >> no one gets a pass. >> reporter: today, chicago city officials went on the offensive. taking aim at gun violence by calling for background checks on gun buyers. >> loss of any child, in any community, in this city, is a loss to the entire city. reporter: moving 200 more officers from behind their desks to the streets. >> if i have to put a policeman here, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365, we're going to make a point that this territory belongs to the community. >> i'm hadiya, year 2015. >> reporter: the victims have names and families. 15-year-old honor student, hadiya pendelton, has become the latest face of violence in this city. in sixth grade, sh
studios, hollywood, universal city walk. have a great show. >> oh, oh, oh, oh. >> can you feel the love? >> hoda, we can feel the love. we are so in love with southern california. >> sit down. take a load off. >> get comfy. get cozy. >> we have a little issue here at universal studios, hollywood on city walk. we want to thank the los angeles bureau -- >> l.a. tourism board. >> that's what i meant. >> we keep thanking them every day. if i had my way, we would keep thanking them for the next two months, you know what i'm saying? >> of course you would. since you came out today on this beautiful sun-splashed day in l.a., somebody in this audience is going to get an incredible prize. now, you don't even know what we're talking about, but we're going to pick names out of a bowl or a wine glass and we are going to choose somebody. >> that's closer by. what's that supposed to mean, ma'am? >> anyway, we've been having a lot of fun. we want to wish a happy birthday to the folks here at city walk because it's their 20th birthday. >> happy 20th birthday. >> who knew? >> we've got some bir
the first step to do the same. >> let there be light, san jose is stepping out of the darkness. the city shut off hundreds of street lights. now with the budget under control, the biggest city is flipping the switch. kimberly, why now and how will it help? >> reporter: they have the money now and they've been repeating so many complaints, they say it's time to act. city leaders say street lights are not just for a -- they are also for safety and those living in the darkest areas were complaining about that very issue. san jose will be a little brighter thanks to a plan the city council approved allowing for 900 street lights to be turned back on. >> san jose is a long way from becoming paris but we will be the city of lights for thousands of our residents in the coming months. >> along our major corridors, blossom hill road, every third or fourth light is out. so we're turning those lights back on will make a difference. >> reporter: the lights were shut off in 2008 as part of department budget cuts. >> in the throes of our darkest budgetary days we saved about $92,000 by keeping lights
, more money that is what santa clara's mayor says is coming to his city. he envisions a bright future following today's announcement of the expansion of a tech company, along with the 49ers' new stadium. nbc bay area's george kiriyama sat down. >> reporter: in recent years, the city of santa clara has had to dip into its reserves, just to function as a city. but those days may be over soon, because right now santa clara is in the middle of a construction boom. nvidia, the new 49ers stadium, the new apple expansion. santa clara is experiencing a building boom. >> santa clara is absolutely on fire. >> reporter: and city leaders love it. >> nvidia is the best example that we have right now. >> reporter: chip maker nvidia will be bulldozing the buildings to make way for a new futurie ic headquarters. thousands of more jobs. >> with every new project coming in like nvidia, it makes me more and more confident every day. i think the best of our days are to come. i think we're going to be able to not only restore but add services back. >> reporter: that's what city leaders would love to see.
and marketing as a great american city prepares to host the biggest football game of the year. >>> and later, our visit to the other big game this coming weekend. >>> well, super bowl weekend is here with everybody gearing up for the parties, the food, beyonce at halftime, the ads, the unsanctioned wagering, the dueling brothers back story. and at some point, the actual game. nbc's janet shamlian reports tonight from new orleans. ♪ >> reporter: new orleans has always known how to throw a party. but it's never been more ready than on this weekend. >> good hospitality, good food. it's awesome. >> reporter: primed for its close-up, and polished as bright as the sparkle on these championship rings. >> in is a coming out for new orleans. i mean, we are sending the message that we can recover from anything. >> reporter: this is the tenth super bowl in the big easy. but the first since katrina more than seven years ago when the super dome was the site of so much suffering. it stands today a monument to resilience. >> it's been a great story of the recovery with a lot of help from the whole nation
this is a perfect backdrop for him to push his gun control measures, it's a city that's done a lot to curb gun violence. as president obama pitches his gun control plan in minneapolis, more reaction to this white house photo, skeet shooting at camp david. critics are saying it's an obvious effort, as they put it, to pander to conservatives, making the point that the president supports the second amendment while pushing for gun-control measures. >> mark kelley argues checks must be expanded to keep guns away from mentally ill people. his wife was shot gabrielle giffords. >> he could have gone to a gun show or private seller and gotten a gun. >> this super bowl ad accused the nra of making a complete turn around on gun control checks. >> we think it's reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal checks for every sale at every gun show. no loopholes anywhere for anybody. >> this was the nra ceo. >> the criminals are not going to comply. >> the group responsible for that super bowl ad was mayors against illegal guns, a group found by new york mayor michael bloomberg. >> a 25-year-old man is be
of san francisco, the case involves a southern california pot club that sued the city of riverside over its decision to ban pot clubs. one side argued that state laws especially powers local governments to ban the establishment of pot clubs and the other side that they can only regulate the pot industry, not ban it all together. attorneys were interrupted by the justices several times and they appeared skeptical of the argument challenging the right of cities to ban pot clubs but one of the attorneys said that the court appeared divided. >> i feel that we clearly have certain justices in our corner. some of them showed their hands more than others. and i am -- feeling optimistic that those justices will be able to convince the ones that have a doubt. >> the court's special session at usf was to commemorate is school's history. the court will issue a ruling on the case within 90 days. >> sad and not surprised, that was the reaction of people that witnessed a crash that sent a woman to the hospital. a 29-year-old woman, a seven-year-old and a 1-year-old were crossing crestview drive when
. . >>> hundreds of people are meeting to discuss the city's crime problem. nbc bay's monty francis live with the story. monty? >> reporter: good evening. there is standing room only inside this theater behind me. the meeting was supposed to end at 5:00 but it is still going on now. bill bratton is not here but the man esteeming up with to review the oakland police department, rob wasserman is inside speaking. wasserman is the cheryl of the strategic policy partnership is he has a $100,000 contract with the city of oakland to review the violence and prevention strategies. at this meeting he said he would help develop a living action plan and vowed at the end of the process, oakland would be a different city. he also called oakland one of the most complex policing environments in the u.s. >> the police can make a difference if they are focused and they're passionate and they're out there on the streets. if they have a presence. >> reporter: the homicide rate in oakland reached a six-year crime and violence jumped 23%. burglaries were up even more than that. and wasserman was telling the p
: the meeting ended about 30 minutes ago. robert wasserman is one of the consultants hired by the city of oakland and he was the main speaker. he is the chairman of the strategic policy partnership and he has a $100,000 contract with the city of oakland to review the crime prevention strategies. he is teaming up with police chief bill bratton to turn it around. they vowed at the end of the process oakland would be a different city. wasserman talked about the broken windows theory which focuses on minor crimes as a way of preventing major crimes..0÷ sf i think at this staining there is a desire for action and there is energy be it the residents of this area or the folks that occupy, it doesn't matter, there is energy and we have to get that energy focused. >> reporter: wasserman called it one of the most complicated crime areas in the u.s. burglaries were up more than 23%. we talked to several people as they were leaving the meeting. we heard mixed reviews. some people said they had heard these ideas before. others said they were helpful it could turn it around in oakland. there will b
are predicting as much as a foot of snow. nbc's jay gray is in kansas city where the storm has already led to the cancellation of a popular golf tournament. jay, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, mara. bitter cold with the wind gusting at more than 20 miles an hour. snowflakes expected within the next few hours here. and forecasters warn at the height of the storm the snow could be falling at more than an inch every hour. this morning the midwest is waking up to a blast of winter weather. >> the latest winter storm has everything with it, freezing rain, some ice and heavy snow. >> reporter: that snow has already started to fall across the region including parts of oklahoma, arkansas, colorado and kansas. shovels are out and plows are already working, but if the forecast holds, they may not be able to keep up with the pace. some areas expect blizzard conditions and accumulations of two feet or more before it's over. so before it gets that bad, many are making sure they stock up on supplies to ride out the storm. >> i live far enough out of town that it's not convenient and we have en
the growing expense of cleaning up the city's homeless camps? they're moving forward to clean up with the encampment. what is the total cost and where will these people go now? damian trujillo joins us live at the site with some answers. damian? >> this will be in the thousands. there are tents scattered throughout the acreage here. this is actually right below the flight path of say proeching planes here, but next week everyone here has to go. the city says it's concerned about the neighborhood, the environment and the homeless themselves during the cold nights. so next week they will get a 72-hour notice to move out before crews begin cleaning up the area. they did this kind of cleanup efrl years around town. it costs themselves thousands of dollars per day to do it. advocates will be on hand to offer alternatives like shelters and other services. where will they go? some say they don't know. one told me he's going to walk across the street, wait for the cleanup to end and move back in. he said they need to spread the wealth. >> the average income the valley is so much money. i
news. >>> this next one is a law that could impact nearly every restaurant in san jose. city leaders want to ban styrofoam takeout containers, the proposal going up for a vote next week. community groups are lending their support to this idea. arturo santiago joins us live. you just heard city council members and environmentalist groups speaking out on banning styrofoam takeout on restaurants. what are they saying? >> caller: this proposed ordinance that would ban styrofoam food packages took nearly two years. they feel they can finally get it done. environmental groups along with a san jose councilman gathered at the park to pry open a manhole cover in order to access a storm water capture device. this cylinder was installed last summer and has not been yet cleaned out. it filters out garbage from 68 acres of storm water runoff. the idea is to show the advanced amount of polystyrene that can pollute our storm water system. save our shore, california clean water action and save the bay are all speaking out in favor of thf proposed ordinance. they all agree that tough poll sis
. investigators say they've been tracking him the last two months. oakland today became the first city in the country to issue city i.d. cards that double as debit cards. that groundbreaking municipal program launched today. the goal is to ensure that everyone in the city has a usable form of identification regardless of their immigration status. the i.d.s will serve as debit cards so people who usually only carry cash can now have a more secure way to keep their money. >> a huge way of giving access to people who are right now living in the shadows, this way they can feel safe representing themselves to the city authorities to access city authorities, the police, at the same time have financial services at very low cost and not feel that they have to live in cash the rest of their lives. >> oakland residents can preregister for the program as of today. critics worry the cards could be easily stolen and compromised. >>> okay. 49ers fans have been waiting for 18 years for this. so now the wait is less than 48 hours. an interesting twist in new orleans today. the opposing head coaches he
, about 250 cities across the state have banned pot dispensaries. at usf today the seven justices of the state's top court heard arguments from one of those cities, riverside, which banned them and was sued as a result. the justices appeared skeptical of the arguments made on behalf of the medical marijuana industry. >> we're only asking for a very simple ruling, exactly what the statute says. you can't ban -- >> i just think it lends itself to lots of different kinds of unanswered questions and further litigati litigation. >> reporter: the justices were less severe in their treatment of the one who pointed out there's nothing in the medical marijuana law prohibiting local government from enacting bans on pot clubs. >> the state and federal government and implement a safe distribution for the medical use of marijuana. that has not happened. >> reporter: a medical marijuana advocate who attended the hearing said it seemed clear to him local governments can only regulate the medical pot industry, not ban it altogether. >> we need regulations through prohibition. prohibition has not
of the passing of an icon, one of the city's and nation's most outspoken and popular politicians, ed koch has died of congestive heart failure. he served in world war ii and later was elected to three terms as mayor of new york city. ed koch dead at the age of 88. dramatic and contention day of testimony for senator charlie hagel. >> reporter: john mccain seized on hagel's opposition to the surge in iraq. >> the question is, are we right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> reporter: over his 2008 comments related to israel that a quote jewish lobby intimidate a lot of people in congress. >> name one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> reporter: hagel was repeatedly pressed by both democrats and republicans to make clear this point on israel. >> i strongly support israel. >> reporter: and clarified his stan on iran. >> by the way, i've just been handed a note that i misspoke. >> reporter: hagel said he fully backs t
the ancient city of timbuktu from militants, french forces in action again in the northern part of country. nbc's reporter is on the ground in timbuktu tonight. >> reporter: french fighter jets pounded arms depots and jihadist training camps, another major operation in this three-week long assault against al qaeda militants in the north of mali. 30 aircraft were involved in this operation to the north of key town. last time four somalians and french force. meanwhile, here in the legendary city of timbuktu, west african troops have been pouring in during the day to help to secure the outskirts of the city. meanwhile, the french troops have been moving out further into the desert. some were cheered as they went. at the end of this, the first week of freedom for the people of timbuktu for many, many months. lester? >>> new details emerging tonight in the story of sarai sierra, a mother of two found murdered in istanbul, turkey this weekend. >> reporter: one day after the body of sarai sierra was found in istanbul's old city, the police chief confirmed the american tourist was murdered. the ev
on the roads is going to be just treacherous from areas like new york city up through hartford through providence, rhode island and over into boston too and moving into central and northern new england. it's coming in pieces. we have a lot of moisture network with and a lot of cold air moving in as well. blizzard warnings are posted all along the coast of new england with eastern massachusetts likely the area that will get hit the hardest with power outages, a lot of wind damage, wind gusts could be as high as about 60 to 65 miles per hour. you can see boston could end up with more than two feet of snow. new york city should be closer to six to ten inches and hartford 12 to 18. that's the east. out west we have some weather of your own from san francisco down into l.a. we have a lot of showers out that way and those will continue to affect the coast of l.a. temperatures will only be in the 40s and 50s on the elko, nevada could end up with a wintry mix. snow in the northeast and rain in california. it should wind down tomorrow. >> i would take the rain if i had a choice. >> so i would.
orleans police commander christopher goodly. it keeps things quiet. a welcome breather for a city racked by a chronically high murder rate. >> we have a homicide rate that is unnatural. >> new orleans saw 193 murders last year, its per capita rate of homicides nearly three times that of chicago. most of the victims, young african-american men shot to death. single mother of three and community outreach coordinator katherine hutton speaks for many in this community. >> like lord, what is it going to take? when are they going to stop it? >> the national focus on gun violence is applauded here, but the majority of the killing in new orleans is by handguns. is this gun conversation going on in washington too narrow? >> yes. the answer is yes. it is absolutely too narrow. and it's too simplistic. as though if you just ban assault weapons, somehow the murder rate in the country is going to go down automatically. it will not. >> mayor landrieu wants more than tougher gun laws. he wants the feds to help him put more cops on his streets. in the meantime, new orleans has gone after gun violence wi
. >>> the "economist" released new rankings on the most expensive cities in the world. and tokyo and osaka came in first and second followed by sydney, australia, in third. as for american cities, l.a. and new york city are tied for number 27. >>> over the weekend, boeing got a dreamliner test flight off the ground. the first since the government put the 787s in a holding pattern while it investigates battery-related fires. >>> there is speculation swirling that apple is working on a spy-worthy watch. the gadget is said to feature curved glass to hug your wrist. >>> as we hope you all know -- valentine's day is this thursday. and the national retail federation predicts americans will spend more than $18 billion in total on presents for their moms, their wives, their children, and get this, $815 million of that will be spent on fido. >>> speaking of l'amour, only the french could dream of this one. this a web site offering business people and travelers easy access to short-term hotel rooms for intraday trysts or a quiet place to work. no need for credit card information. the web site touts la di
. >>> that intense debate continues over a gun store in los gatos. it was another packed house last night at the city's town council. more security was brought in after robert chang found a death threat at his home last week. chang sat out in the audience, next to his attorney, but did not say a word. >> about access to guns, there are plenty of places to purchase a weapon. the question is why do we need to be one of those places? >> i think they're running a good shop and i don't think they intend to hurt anybody in los gatos. >> the council discussed passing a moritorium that would put a freeze on opening a new shop until the council is able to come up with regulations. >>> san jose's casino matrix is is suing the city of san jose citing a conflict of interest. it alleges that the gaming division administrator admitted under oath that he does consulting work for indian casinos, commercial casinos and racetrac racetracks. as we reported in january, it was the gaming commission who recommended against allowing them to open the high stakes gambling. the police chief agreeded and now, the matrix wants
angeles can boast it has more museums than any other city in the country. true or false? raise your hand. >> don't yell it out. what did you say? >> i said true. >> the answer is true. it has 105 museums. [ cheers and applause ] what did she win? >> no, i'm sorry. >> yes, you can. yes. oh. >> let's just live there for a minute. >> just for a moment. you mean that three-week best-selling "new york times" author hoda woman? >> thank you for wanting that. here's the next question. the california sky end center is home to the space shuttle. here are the choices, a, enterprise, b,flash, c, endeavor or c, orbiter. who's got the answer? endeavour? you are so right. all right. >> she is the winner of a universal bag. >> next question. >> all right. >> name the cemetery -- >> because what more fun than a cemetery? >> where hundreds of celebrities are buried that doubles as a movie screening facility? >> oh, yeah. the hands went down a little. >> stars forever, hollywood forever or, d, never say good-bye, and go. what is it? >> forest lawn? >> no. no, no, no, no. >> would you like the book or a cd
effect this week? >> reporter: he has got one more public appearance here in vatican city. he is going to hold his weekly audience on wednesday. and that is again expected to draw huge, huge crowds. he retires officially on thursday. he will fly out of here and go to castel gandolfo where he will stay for two months before he comes back to the vatican to go into his renovated monastery. lester? >> anne thompson at the vatican. thank you. >>> starting this wednesday, we will have continuing coverage of the pope's resignation on "nbc nightly news" as well as the "today" show, msnbc and nbcnews.com. >>> when "nbc nightly news" continues on this sunday, we will have the latest bizarre twist in the oscar pistorius case. >>> and later on, this academy awards night the real diplomats who live through the ordeal dramatized in one of this year's top films. >>> there was yet another surprise twist today in the case of oscar pistorius, who is accused of killing his girl friend and has been free on bail since friday. nbc's michelle kosinski has been following can the case for us in south africa. h
, the city of san jose has wanted to erase this eyesore located in the heart of japan town. you're looking at basically a five-acre patch of old plant growth, weeds and concrete. instead, turned into something like this. these renderings show how this sight might be revitalized. the recession put a botch on that, but now that the economy has improved, the developer is interested in moving forward. today, the city will decide on whether or not to approve the sheet with williams and dane development. if approved, the developer would be able to move ahead with plans to seal a deal, a deal that would sell this lot for $24 million, allowing the developer to bring this place back to life. the plans call for retail, a creative center for the arts, a green space for farmers and 600 apartment units. >> i don't particularly like the idea of so much wrerental. i'd rather see homeowners. in there, but you know, some things -- i think there is a need for rental housing in the area. >> san jose getting big. a lot of people are here now, so i think it will help this area more. and but it's really quiet.
for film and television, produced in new york. this week, the city announced expanding it to technology and digital companies. what's the strategy? >> well, we've seen over the past several years the tech community in new york city has grown and our tech sector has arrived. what's amazing is we have over 900 tech companies here in new york city that are 75% or more developed in the five boroughs. over 120,000 people with working in the sector. we thought it's important the world is aware of this. we launched we are made in new york. it's a one-stop shop for all the programs and resources that you need to participate in the new tech ecosystem and crucially, find a job. >> talk about this boom in the technology sector. what does it mean in terms of economic impact? certainly, the local impact has to be very strong. >> absolutely. one of the hallmark ps of the bloomberg administration has been to diversify the economy. we have so many industries here that are so powerful. media, fashion, finance and real estate. a lot of these are driving the business models of the tech sector, so it makes
here in california. the city of san francisco file would a brief saying prop 8 was discriminatory. the court will hear the case march 26th. >>> what will president obama do? will he get involved with the debate? mr. obama has stated that same-sex couples should have equal rights. when asked whether he will take a position in the high court case, the president said only that the solicitor general was looking into it, and he had no further comment. >> employees in the south bait need your help to identify a serial bank robber linked to five heists starting january 8. since then he's robbed four other banks, the latest on tuesday in santa clara. they're releasing surveillance photos of him in action hoping someone will recognize the man. he's described being about 35 with a muscular build. three of the branchs were wells fargo branches and they're offering rewards leading to the man's arrest. at what the cost, clean-up? the city of san jose is shelling out tens of thousands of dollars to take care of its continuing problem with homeless encampments. damian trujillo uncovered that how
weeks. the l.a. tourism board has been off the hook terrific to us, and the folks here at universal city walk have been great, too. we want to thank everybody. >> there's a reason we have a mariachi band. you know what today is? it's national margarita day. of course, it is. so we have a margarita. >> these are -- hoda, i think yours -- these are our personalities. >> what? >> one of them is sweet, and one is a little saucy. >> yours is a jalapeno margarita because you're spicy. yep. and what's yours? >> and mine is a la pinella margarita because i'm sweet. >> i think they got them mixed up. >> i don't think so. anyway, the mariachi band is from camacho cantina. right here. that's where the margaritas are inspired by. >> you know a guy named tom la blanch. he's a city household member of los angeles. waive your hand, tom la blanch. how are you, baby? >> this is beautiful right here. beautiful pink hot dog. >> what's in a pink hot dog. >> go to la breya and tell them i sent you. let's hear it for pink. >> thank you for being out here. this is from my district, the montecino angels. >> god
>> a dempster is behind the store in national city. >> found a magazine full of bullets, a military style dog and a camoflage style helmet in the kempster. >> that's not something you find every day in a dumpster. >> officers quickly connected them to the 33-year-old. >> he is obviously very skilled. he is sick and deranged as we can see from the cold-blooded nature of the killings. >> he is accused of killing a security officer and his fee onsay last sunday. then, a river side police officer on thursday. he published an internet man fes tore declaring war on the people he believes are responsible for getting him fired from the force in 2008. >> we will find you. you have disgraced the public safety and the police profession. turn yourself in. >> that would be the best resolution. no 1 else has to be shot or injured or die. >> la police said they had more than fifty police officers and their families in custody. they checked in with police who have been alerted to what is happening but have no reason to suspect he has any ties to the bay area. >> if you remember, police opened fire
city was diverted due to an unruly passenger on board we're told. jet blue flight 185 landed in denver at 7:15. kusa reports it was a customer service issue between a flight attendant and female passenger. a federal air marshall got involved. once the individual was escorted off the plane the flight was back in the air. denver police, the tsa and fbi are now handling that investigation. back to youp. >> all right. tom costello, thank you so much. >> we're following another breaking news story. ed koch, former mayor of new york city has died. he was a towering political figure in the city who earned a reputation for his sometimes combative style. ron allen has more on koch's career in politics. good morning to you. >> good morning to you. ed koch was certainly a legendary iconic figure in new york. tributes and remembrances are pouring in. he was 88 and died of congestive heart failure. he's being remembered as a politician that got things done, did so in a way that left a lasting impression. >> hi! >> reporter: ed koch was a quintessential new yorker and one of the city's most popular
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